The morning of Thursday March 27, 2014, Jamilah Lemieux was tweeting about Kobe Bryant’s latest comments in the New Yorker Magazine. In the middle of that discussion, she tweeted:
About 15 minutes later, @BETpolitichick responded to Lemieux and included @orlandowatson @Raffiwilliams @hugheynewsome on the tweet.
At this point, Raffi Williams joined the conversation with:
And the following exchange ensued:
Lemeiux went on to say that though everyone has the right to their opinions, she is under no obligation to respect or engage them.
About an hour after Lemieux’s original tweet about Ben Carson, Wayne Dupree from newsninja2012.com posted a story with the headline, “EBONY Magazine Staffer Jamilah Lemieux racially attacks RNC Raffi Williams – “Here Comes A White Dude” via Twitter.”
He criticized Lemieux for acting as if talking to a white man “were beneath her” and asserted her tweets had a “racist tone.” He asked readers to call Ebony or contact Linda Johnson Rice, the CEO of Johnson Publishing, Ebony’s parent company. He tweeted the link to his blog post, and it began circulating on Twitter.
By the early afternoon, the story was picked up by the Daily Caller.
and Red State
By Friday morning, March 28, 2014, the story had been picked up by Fox and Friends with a segment claiming that Lemieux had “shown her true colors” and spent “all day yesterday on Twitter insulting Black conservatives.”
RNC chair Reince Priebus released a statement condemning Lemieux for “not just for making assumptions about his race but more importantly for dismissing black Republicans and the validity of their opinions in public discourse.”
Let’s take a moment so soak all of this in. More to come.